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Exploring the Bigger Picture: TMEC Conference 2019

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The Tailrace Centre in Launceston was a hive of industry inspiration, networking and knowledge sharing over the three days of the TMEC Annual Conference.

John Broadbent

More than 100 delegates heard the latest in manufacturing, minerals and exploration developments as a diverse line-up of 40+ speakers took to the conference stage, including a keynote address on leadership from AFL legend, Kevin Sheedy, sector updates from Premier Will Hodgman and Minister Guy Barnett, and a look to future factory automation by John Broadbent of Realise Potential Pty Ltd (pictured above).

John’s presentation examined the ways in which smart manufacturing is assisting businesses to achieve more with less. This typically involved a closer and more transparent relationship with supply chains, making improvements to production efficiencies and reducing waste – particularly to landfill – all of which were having a positive impact on the business bottom line.

The current era of Industry 4.0 is characterised by physical and cyber integration, cloud computing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The emergence of autonomous vehicles, process control systems and smart grids are increasingly common examples.

According to John, the ‘secret sauce’ in this era of smart manufacturing is the ability to successfully integrate old and new systems and to be selective with the overwhelming volume of data that a business can generate.

Delegates heard that the two foundations to smart factory transitions are computerisation (the ability to connect to, communicate with, and extract information from equipment) and connectivity (investing in local area networks to enable data transmission). They were also encouraged to ‘fail forward fast’ and learn from those experiences when developing prototypes and ensuring their people, processes and systems were integrated and onboard.

To watch a recording of John’s conference presentation, visit the Realise Potential website

Conference delegates had the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connections at the popular conference dinner at Peppers Silo Hotel while interacting with the many trade displays at the conference venue.

The conference was followed by the renowned AusIMM Delprat Lecture presented by Emeritus Professor JP Franzidis exploring the history and impacts of mining on society and of society on mining.

Thank you to the 2019 TMEC Annual Conference sponsors: AoN, Atlas Copco Rental, Bell Bay Aluminium, Caterpillar Underground Mining, Department of State Growth, Epiroc, Net Sea Freight Tasmania, pitt&sherry, Recycal, Spaulding Drillers, Tasrail, Transtegic, and the University of Tasmania.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to our next Conference in 2020.